36} The lines which I have enclosed in brackets are evidently an afterthought--added probably by the writer herself--for they evince the same instinctively greater interest in anything that may concern a woman, which is so noticeable throughout the poem.
37} Sparta and Lacedaemon are here treated as two different places, though in other parts of the poem it is clear that the writer understands them as one.
Is it unfair to argue that the writer is a person of somewhat delicate sensibility, to whom a strong smell of fish is distasteful?
For that the writer of the "Odyssey" was the person who has been introduced into the poem under the name of Nausicaa, I cannot bring myself to question.
46} Surely here again we are in the hands of a writer of delicate sensibility.
Surely the writer does not mean that a pleasant or delectable island would not be fit for breeding horses?
I have elsewhere stated my conviction that the writer of the "Odyssey" was familiar with the old Sican city at the top of Mt.
The reader will observe that the writer has been unable to keep the women out of an interpolation consisting only of four lines.
53} the writer evidently thought that green, growing wood might also be well seasoned.
59} It would seem as though the writer thought that Marathon was close to Athens.
60} Here the writer, knowing that she is drawing (with embellishments) from things actually existing, becomes impatient of past tenses and slides into the present.
The writer evidently attached the utmost importance to it.